The Syria Catastrophe
“Brace Belden can’t remember exactly when he decided to give up his life as a punk-rocker turned florist turned boxing-gym manager in San Francisco, buy a plane ticket to Iraq, sneak across the border into Syria, and take up arms against the Islamic State. But as with many major life decisions, Belden, who is 27 — “a true idiot’s age,” in his estimation — says it happened gradually and then all at once.”
One refugee’s escape from Syria.
It started as simple teenage rebellion but ended up tearing Syria apart, setting in motion events that continue to rock the Middle East — and the world. The boys behind the graffiti would become unlikely revolutionaries and reluctant refugees. Not all of them would survive the upheaval they helped unleash.
Why the war in Syria can only get worse.
The Piano Man of Yarmouk fled the ruins of Damascus to a life of criss-crossing Germany playing songs about his old neighborhood to huge crowds. Because of refugee law, he is paid nothing.
How ISIS trains the children it captures.
Can new, immersive film technology increase our empathy?
Syrian orphans become child laborers in Turkey.
Across the world, millions of displaced Syrians have been met with hesitation and hostility. Not in Canada.
Over the past five years, the Syrian government has killed almost 700 medical personnel. Inside the race to spread medical knowledge as the Assad regime erases it.
Of the 4.5 million Syrians who have fled their nation’s bloody civil war, fewer than 3,000 have made it to America. This is one family’s story.
On settling in Los Angeles after life as a war correspondent in the Middle East.
How war-crimes investigators captured top-secret documents tying the Syrian regime to mass murder.
The story of Jejoen Bontinck, a Belgian teen-ager who travelled to Syria to fight with radical Islamists.
Life and death with the young and radicalized.
More than 4 million Syrians have fled the war. 2,647 have made it to the United States.
Since the Syrian rebel leader Hassan Aboud joined ISIS, taking with him fighters and weapons, he has been behind a sprawling mix of battlefield action and crime.
On a thin sliver of land called Rojava where “rules of the neighboring ISIS caliphate ha[ve] been inverted,” a Kurdish Syrian college trains its future autonomous leaders.
They were cousins who grow up in Raqqa amidst parties, beaches, even bikinis. They married ISIS fighters to protect their families, then became morality policers.
The daily life and dwindling hopes of a 12-year-old Syrian refugee.
A Syrian refugee’s epic escape route through Europe.
The photographs that Caesar, a Syrian military photographer, smuggled out of Assad’s death dungeons.
The ragtag group of fighters from America and Europe who joined the fight against extremists in Syria don’t seem to know what they are doing.
While a Marine stationed in Afghanistan, Austin Tice decided he wanted to become a war photographer. He entered Syria and filed stories for McClatchy and the Washington Post. Then he disappeared.